Nizatidine is indicated for the treatment and prevention of ulcers, as well as for addressing excessive gastric acid production associated with various conditions. Nizatidine is additionally prescribed for the management and prevention of sporadic instances of heartburn, acid indigestion, or sour stomach. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as H2 blockers, it effectively reduces gastric acid secretion.
Uses and Dosage
This medication can be taken orally with or without food, once or twice a day, as directed. If the prescribed dosage is once daily, it is typically taken before bedtime.
In case you are using the liquid form of the medication, accurately measure the dose using a specialized measuring device or spoon. Household spoons should not be used as they may result in an incorrect dosage.
The appropriate dosage and duration of treatment will be determined based on your specific medical condition and response to the treatment. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
If necessary, antacids can be taken concurrently with this medication.
To maximize the benefits of this medication, it should be taken regularly at the same time(s) each day. Do not exceed the prescribed dose or use the medication more frequently or for a longer duration than instructed. Increasing the dosage or extending the usage period beyond the prescribed limits will not expedite the improvement of your condition and will increase the risk of encountering adverse effects.
Continue taking this medication for the prescribed duration of treatment, even if you start feeling better.
Inform your doctor if your condition fails to improve or worsens.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- stomach pain
- runny nose
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- skin rash
- difficulty breathing
Prior to initiating nizatidine, inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist about any known allergies to this medication, other H2 blockers, or any other substances. Inactive ingredients present in the product may potentially cause allergic reactions or other complications.
Before using this medication, disclose your medical history to your healthcare provider or pharmacist, particularly if you have any immune system disorders, kidney problems, liver problems, certain lung diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), or other stomach-related issues (such as tumors).
Certain symptoms may be indicative of a more severe underlying condition. Immediate medical assistance should be sought if you experience heartburn accompanied by lightheadedness, sweating, or dizziness, or if you encounter chest, jaw, arm, or shoulder pain (especially in conjunction with shortness of breath or unusual sweating). Unexplained weight loss should also be promptly addressed.
During pregnancy, the use of this medication should only be considered when absolutely necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your healthcare provider.
This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding to assess the potential risks and benefits.
Form and Strength
Axid is available in the following forms and strengths:
How fast does Axid work?
Axid prevents stomach acid from being released within 30 minutes to an hour. If you’re taking Axid for a duodenal (gut) ulcer, those will usually heal within 4 weeks of taking the medication.
What is the best time of day to take Axid?
You may be prescribed Axid to take twice a day, in the morning and evening, or just once a day in the evening.